Sarah Ashley Stevens of Plymouth received the “America’s Promise” award from the New Hampshire Culture Diversity Awareness Council on the campus of Plymouth State College on September 12. Stevens is a sophomore in Plymouth State’s communications program and also serves as an administrative assistant for the vice president of institutional advancement at the College.
<pWayne D. Jennings, chairman of the Council, traveled to Plymouth to present the award, a handsome plaque with a little, red wagon attached. The award is in recognition of the volunteer work that Stevens has done for the Council since its inception.
<p“Sarah was one of the original members of the New Hampshire Cultural Diversity group who helped organize the first and second workshops for the group,” says Jennings. “She helped develop the curriculum and program, which is designed to help youth from various parts of New Hampshire develop a greater appreciation and respect for each other. As a result of our successful programs, kids learn that they have more in common with each other than they thought.”
<pThe New Hampshire Diversity Council provides opportunities for middle-school age students from throughout the state to interact with each other. Jennings explains that Stevens has played a major role in the development of the program. He points out that she has been involved for two years, helped to design and implement the program, and has been dedicated and loyal through good times and bad. “She’s been part of that core group of volunteers that keeps an organization going,” Jennings added. “Sarah serves as an outstanding role model for kids throughout New Hampshire.”